Art and Encouragment in Brisbane – Letter from Australia 7

Brothers and Sisters, Last weeks letter was from Shetland – via a series of airports – Shetland, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dubai, Sydney and Brisbane I now find myself writing this from this beautiful Brisbane.  And it is.  This is a quite remarkable city – a county town,  turned into a modern, vibrant, cosmopolitan city of some 2 million people.   It is a very pleasant environment and … Continue reading Art and Encouragment in Brisbane – Letter from Australia 7

Another Brick in the Wall – The Threat to Children

Did you hear the one about the doctor, the politician, the journalist, the artist, the vicar and the teacher?  Well, let’s begin with the teacher.  Watch this stunning video of a Scottish teacher explaining to a pupil why he had been kicked out of class. pic.twitter.com/Nz0Attx2js — I,Hypocrite (@lporiginalg) June 14, 2019 For those for whom the above link doesn’t work – have a look … Continue reading Another Brick in the Wall – The Threat to Children

Helmantel – The Greatest Living Painter

When in the Netherlands last week we visited the Helmantel museum in Westeremden and some of his paintings in the Havezate Mensinge museum in Roden.  If you are ever in the Northern Netherlands then make sure you visit both of these. Henk Helmantel is a contemporary Dutch painter best known for his classically composed still-life paintings.   They are simple and stunning in their colour and … Continue reading Helmantel – The Greatest Living Painter

Saturday Review 14 – The Lost Message of Paul; Owen Vol 10: Letters that Changed the World; Silly Wizard; Line of Duty; Castlehill Restaurant

Book – The Lost Message of Paul – Steve Chalke I have just finished a review copy of this book. I will be writing an article and a fuller review later on.  Suffice it to say that if I had any hope that Steve Chalke would reverse his turning away from Christianity – they have been dashed.   This is a better-written work than his previous…but … Continue reading Saturday Review 14 – The Lost Message of Paul; Owen Vol 10: Letters that Changed the World; Silly Wizard; Line of Duty; Castlehill Restaurant

Saturday Review 12 – John Milton; Titania McGarth; Marilynne Robinson; Melvyn Bragg on Tyndale; Quillette; Tim Shipman; The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind; Australia with Julia Bradbury; Runrig

Book – Milton Complete English Poems – 10/10 This is my favourite book of poetry.  The Everyman edition is itself a work of beauty, fit for such beautiful poetry.  Milton is a key writer in the development of English.  His style, breadth of knowledge, intelligence, beauty and biblical grasp combine to make deep, beautiful and profound works of art.  There are a variety of poems, … Continue reading Saturday Review 12 – John Milton; Titania McGarth; Marilynne Robinson; Melvyn Bragg on Tyndale; Quillette; Tim Shipman; The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind; Australia with Julia Bradbury; Runrig

Saturday Review 9 – Some Pastors and Teachers; Leaving Neverland; The Briefing; The Dark Side of the Moon; Ting Saboteur

Books – Some Pastors and Teachers – Sinclair Ferguson – 8/10 This is a long and wonderful book from my colleague, Sinclair.  It is really a collection of essays on subjects which are particularly relevant to those of us who are pastors.  In fact I would regard it as essential for any minister to have.  If yours doesn’t then buy it for him.   Sinclair begins … Continue reading Saturday Review 9 – Some Pastors and Teachers; Leaving Neverland; The Briefing; The Dark Side of the Moon; Ting Saboteur

Saturday Review 8 – The Chappo Collection; Schindler’s List; The Moral Maze; The Scottish National Gallery; Hemma

Book – The Chappo Collection – 6/10 David Mansfield’s account of the life and work of John Charles Chapman – universally known as ‘Chappo’ is unique.  It’s not a biography, it’s not a critical analysis and it’s not a theological reflection.  It is just what is says in the sub-title “Life, Laughter, Leadership, Love in the Lord Jesus Christ” .  I started reading this book when … Continue reading Saturday Review 8 – The Chappo Collection; Schindler’s List; The Moral Maze; The Scottish National Gallery; Hemma

Quantum 32 – Knife Crime; Justin Trudeau; Jordan Peterson in Australia; KFC in China; Sharon Davies›; Birthstrike; Andre Previn

This weeks Quantum looks at knife crime,    The Birmingham school anti LGBT indoctrination protest;  A chilling case of State abuse from Canada; Staying with Canada we look at the potential downfall of Justin Trudeau Jordan Peterson had this extraordinary appearance on Q and A in Australia  – Transgender athletes – Sharon Davies –  spoke out about the unfairness to women.  Meanwhile Twitter banned Suzanne … Continue reading Quantum 32 – Knife Crime; Justin Trudeau; Jordan Peterson in Australia; KFC in China; Sharon Davies›; Birthstrike; Andre Previn

Chinese Culture, Cult and Communism – Shen Yun – A Review

What a night it promised to be….Chinese dancing, music and storytelling, from the largest and most successful theatre/dance group in the world.  Our wonderful children had bought us tickets for the Shen Yun performance in the Playhouse Theatre in Edinburgh (it was very generous of them as even the cheap tickets were expensive- although that did not stop the large theatre being packed). We were … Continue reading Chinese Culture, Cult and Communism – Shen Yun – A Review

The Saturday Review (2) – The Scots in China; The Old Man and the Gun; Logic on Fire; Romans 9 – God’s Sovereign Purpose;

TV – The Scots in China This is a short two part series on the Scots in China.  Neil Oliver is a marmite presenter.  You either love or hate him – many people find his voice really grating.  I actually enjoy his style.  The whole programme was intriguing- although it skirted some of the serious issues.  How did the businessmen and media people justify working … Continue reading The Saturday Review (2) – The Scots in China; The Old Man and the Gun; Logic on Fire; Romans 9 – God’s Sovereign Purpose;